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To the lovely people who used to follow my blog about writing and publishing.

On New Years Eve 2014 my husband whom I’d been with for 20 years clicked champagne glasses with me and said “20 years eh?” I smiled enthusiastically and said “Here’s to 20 more!”

On January 1st 2015 my younger son who is autistic screamed “Oh no daddy’s sick!” I ran into the room to find my husband snoring but his arm was going up and down by itself. I won’t detail the other disturbing phases he went through. I rang an ambulance. But when he got to hospital the doctor told me he had fallen into a coma he would never wake up from. I didn’t understand what it meant. He was 48. They told me he had suffered a brain aneurysm rupture and had only ten hours to live. They told me there was no hope.

So long story short that is why I stopped blogging along with all the changes in the industry that meant there are now a lot less publishers with calls for submissions -for authors without an agent- than there were back when I started this blog.

I don’t really like the words “Happy New Year” anymore but I suppose I should wish you all that since 2021 has just begun.

Peace.

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Transcript of Kellyanne Conway, Claudia Conway and George Conway talking to police after Kellyanne allegedly tweeted Claudia’s To*pless selfie.

Here is a transcript of the conversation police had with the Conways. This was recorded by Tana Mongeau via facetiming with Claudia. My hearing is not great but I used an ap to increase the volume and this is what I think was said to the best of my ability hearing it.

Apologies to people who followed my blog interested in writing tips if you don’t want to know about this. I just decided I would use my blog to share this with some other people who are interested in case it can help someone.

The topless selfie was tweeted in Kellyanne Conway’s fleets a few days after Claudia released a video of her mother allegedly hitting her and screaming a great deal of abuse at her. The video was a compilation of different videos where Kellyanne had allegedly verbally abused her daughter. Some people have surmised Kellyanne may have tweeted the topless photo for revenge after the video of her was released. While Claudia has walked back any allegations against her mother in four TikTok videos she did the domestic violence distress handsignals known on TikTok while doing so and pretending that her mother was hacked. She has also liked (clicked the heart) on any comments on TikTok that said that the recanting videos were coerced.

Here is a transcript of the audio during the vidist by the police to the Conway home.

00:00

Kellyanne Conway: “When you doctored the videos of me, that got a lot of likes, yes? And that does it, that’s gonna bother her tremendously, that she’s nothing without going after her mother.

And now she’s taken it too far. I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe with that loaded gun in her hand. I don’t feel safe. Because if she [unintelligible] The same thing last week. She makes up a story.”

00:30

Claudia Conway:

“-story I’m literally not safe-“

Kellyanne Conway:

“You did the same thing last week [unintelligible] loaded gun in her hand.”

Claudia:

“What is- my phone’s a loaded gun in my hand?”

Kellyanne:

“Yes, it is!”

Kellyanne:

“She posted videos of me then deleted it-“

Claudia:

“I did delete it. Because I’m scared of you. I deleted it because I’m scared of you.”

Kellyanne Conway:

“You have no reason to be scared of me. You’re the one trying to get people arrested and killed here.”

Claudia:

“How am I trying to get anyone killed?!”

Kellyanne:

“-That guy who got shot in New Brunswick? When the- when the guy posed as the Fedx driver and went to her house with [unintelligible] and killed her son. Last summer.”

01:26

“She’s dangerous.”

Claudia:

“How am I dangerous, because of my phone and my tiktok?”

Kellyanne:

“She asked people to get me arrested I-[unintelligible]”

Claudia:

“You posted a naked picture of me. You literally posted a nude photo of me. And you can say you didn’t but-”

Kellyanne:

“I certainly didn’t-”

Claudia:

“-But millions of people saw it, there’s proof.”

Kellyanne:

“I did not- millions of people- listen, your ex-boyfriend, because of what you did to him, and the cops arrived there, you have a history. For someone who hates cops and has lied to cops you sure do rely on them often. Your ex-boyfriend told you ‘Claudia, this was posted by one person with 8 followers and 32 comments’ that’s what he told you. Now you’re lying to them that millions of people saw it? They didn’t see it.”

Claudia:

“That’s why you’re trending on Twitter-“

Kellyanne:

“Listen to me-“

Claudia:

“-Because people saw that photo (unintelligible) -in the first place is what’s concerning, and you can do whatever you want with me now. But you will end up in jail if you keep lying about this sh*t.”

Kellyanne:

[unintelligible]

Claudia:

“So, what are you gonna do? You’re gonna get me arrested for that? What are you gonna do? [unintelligible] Not right now. There’s nothing on my phone. You even took pictures of it.”

02:48

Kellyanne:

“(Tana talks over)-hours ago and you went on your phone.”

“Because she-“

“You hid it. You’re a phone addict, they see it. Now they see it.”

Claudia:

“Mom you can’t compare addiction to a teenager being on her phone. It’s the only way I can share my story. These are the only people who listen to me.”

Kellyanne:

“Your life- your story is fiction.”

Claudia: “My story’s ‘fiction’? I have proof.”

Kellyanne:

“I can tell them this- your proof- your story is fiction. She’s threatening me online.”

Claudia:

“‘My story is fiction?’ I’m not threatening you, I’m five foot! Ninety-five pounds! What does that even mean?”

Kellyanne:

“Because- look at her- because she’s so troubled, look at her.”

Claudia:

“How am I troubled?”

Kellyanne:

Look at her hair!

Claudia

“She just woke me up.”

Kellyanne:

[unintelligible]

03:35

Claudia:

“That makes no sense, there’s no- there’s no reason to do that.”

Kellyanne:

[unintelligible]

Claudia”You can’t call me mentally ill when [unintelligible] and you’re calling the cops on me because you’re scared for your reputation.”

Kellyanne:

” I am calm and civil while she’s telling that I- I- posted pornography telling them I’m creepy, and now-“

Claudia:

“You posted pornography, that’s a fact.”

Kellyanne:

“I’m calm and civil.”

Claudia:

“Mom that’s not even up for nego- that’s not even up for discussion, you posted pornography. You might- you might have been hacked, it might have been an accident, you might have done it on purpose, regardless of the circumstance you posted it- [unintelligible] -that you had possession of it.”

Kellyanne:

“Then where is it? Then where is it? it’s not here-“

Claudia:

“You deleted it off your phone, because my-“

Kellyanne:

“Excuse me it’s nowhere, stop making people think that it’s uh- the uh- Paris Hilton sex tape. You’re sounding crazy you just told me millions of people saw it-“

Claudia

“Paris Hilton se- are you okay?”

Kellyanne:

“Your boyfriend told you 32 people commented on it. Thirty two!”

[unintelligible]

Claudia:

“No, because thousands of people have been texting me about it-“

Kellyanne:

“People are texting her. You are being some kind of martyr. I mean this is crazy-[unintelligible]”

04:50

Claudia:

“You’re gonna get me sex trafficked, you posted a naked picture of me.”

Kellyanne:

“We were already worried about that because of all the provocative clothing.”

Claudia:

“-I wear provocative clothing? [unintelligible] Do you know how f**ked up it is to say something like that?”

Kellyanne:

“You’re not listening. That’s how you have people get sex trafficked, they always know when to post more. She said you post so much and everybody [unintelligible].”

Claudia:

“Somebody doesn’t get raped or sex trafficked for what they’re wearing, mom.”

Policeman:

“Listen, listen, I understand, Claudia, that your followers, right, are clearly on your side, right? Your followers support you, obviously they’re concerned about you-[unintelligible]”

Claudia

“United States? Who’s calling you from outside of the United States?”

[unintelligible]

Policeman:

“-Panama, Europe, listen, Claudia, listen, so obviously those people are- they believe they have your best interests at heart, right? But for every one of those people, you have- there’s probably someone out there who doesn’t have your best interest in mind.”

Claudia:

“Of course not.”

Policeman:

“I’m just- I’m playing devil’s advocate, I’m just trying to explain to you that [unintelligible] -who- they might- they come in here and doing something deceitful or horrible to your family, you know what I mean? So just remember that it’s not only the people who like you that see these things. It’s the whole world that sees these things.”

[unintelligible]

06:35

“Everything you’re doing, they know where you are.”

“The accusations you’re making against your mom…which may or may not be- that’s to be determined [unintelligible] The whole world, that’s probably something that-“

Claudia:

“That’s the point of posting them.”

Policeman:

“Listen- but- at the end of the day-“

Claudia: “That’s the point of posting these, correct?”

Policeman:

“Claudia, Claudia look at me, I’m trying to get through to you here. At the end of the day, those people are not gonna determine what happens to your mom. So at the end of the day, you feel like something like that happened, you know whos the person you should call? Us. And then we could have investigated-“

Claudia:

“I’m scared of her! You know I’m scared of her!”

Policeman:

“I know so[unintelligible]”

Claudia:

“It says here (maybe looking at a pamphlet he’s given her)- lets say you go to a police officer, respectfully, the cops were here five days ago-“

Policeman:

“That’s not gonna invalidate-“

Kellyanne: [unintelligible]

“And she’s been here every night since, being pampered and spoiled as she usually is.”

[unintelligible]

“She’s not scared I’ve asked her a hundred times, we have it on video, um, ‘Are you scared?'”

[unintelligible]

07:39

“And she goes ‘oh no I’m okay’ And then when-[unintelligible]

Claudia: (desperate sounding and fed up.)

“Can they just take me? They can- they can evaluate me themselves, because I don’t feel like going out in an ambulance.”

 Kellyanne:

“What you wanna- No what you wanna do- you just wanna be on your phone that’s all!”

Claudia:

“You’re literally- you- you’re putting it-[unintelligible]That’s the scary thing.”

Kellyanne:

“Claudia, Claudia, I’m putting you in an ambulance because you’ve already been hospitalized three times because-[unintelligible]”

Claudia:

“Because of my PTSD.”

Kellyanne:

“No, that wasn’t why.”

Claudia:

“Yes-[unintelligible] You’re literally berating my mental health-“

Kellyanne:

“They see you’re very troubled”

Claudia:

“No you’re degrading my mental health and you’re using it as an excuse for….”

08:12

Kellyanne:

“Excuse me, I was at the doctor’s-“

Claudia:

“You act like I’m mentally ill.”

Kellyanne:

“I went to the doctors who hospitalized you and sent you there-“

“Yes, because I had panic attacks and I still do.”

Kellyanne:

“-okay? This has to do with my reputation. You have psychiatric problems. “Now listen to me-“

Claudia:

“That’s so f-“

Kellyanne:

“-you were suicidal,”

Claudia:

“-psychiatric problem- are you okay?”

Kellyanne:

“Listen to me, You were suicidal-“

Claudia:

“Having anxiety and depression doesn’t mean I’m suicidal-“

[unintelligible]

Kellyanne:

“You were put in the adolescent psychiatric unit-“

Claudia:

“And?”

Kellyanne:

“-three different times this year-“

Claudia:

“And? Why is that an insult? Okay? She got arrested for assaulting me, I’ve got it all-” I have proof of her assaulting me. Literally proof of her assaulting me and they had to arrest her because the secret service was there. She was working, you had immunity.”

Kellyanne:

“No.”

Claudia:

“You were working for Donald Trump.”

Kellyanne:

“Oh, ‘immunity’ And- and now I don’t have immunity.”

Claudia:

“Can I just go to sleep, honestly?”

Kellyanne:

“Who- who said that- No! Who said that, tiktok?”

Claudia:

“I’m not even- Can I just go to sleep please.”

Kellyanne:

“We need the adolescent psychiatric unit. She’s been there before and she needs to go back now because this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Claudia:

“I’m not even doing anything.”

Kellyanne:

“She’s manipulative, she’s gaslighting all of us-“

Claudia:

“You’re the one gaslighting me! You are literally gaslighting me!”

Kellyanne:

“-She’s threatening my life, and she’s sending- she’s sending a mob-[unintelligible]”

Claudia:

“Oh my god I-“

[unintelligible]

Kellyanne:

“I can’t, I really can’t.”

09:26

“I literally can’t, I literally can’t.”

“Nope. No.”

“Get off that. We’re here.”

Claudia:

“I don’t feel- I don’t feel comfortable being near you.

Kellyanne:

“Claudia, nobody believes you. And all you care about is your phone. You can’t be without your phone, that’s what you feel comfortable with, and they see it. They will write it down.”

Policeman:

“Miss Conway. If she wants a little bit of space-“

Claudia:

“I need space from you, I’m sorry, I don’t feel comfortable living here.”

Kellyanne: “She’s troubled.”  

Policeman:

“Miss Conway you can give her a little bit of space. Miss Conway give her a bit of space obviously you want her evaluated.

Are you calling someone to evaluate her? Are you expecting the police to do that? Do we have to call someone to evaluate her?”

Kellyanne:

“Yes, yes. I’m calling- Check her phone!

Policeman:

“Alright- Does she have someone on her phone?

Claudia:”Are we alright to take a nap or-“

Kellyanne:

“No! Why should she leave the room just so she can be on her phone?! Because she’s on her phone. Just take her away she’s- she’s an addict!”

Claudia:

“To what? I’m an addict to what?”

Kellyanne “Like an alcoholic.”

Claudia:

“You can’t compare this to alcoholism.”

Kellyanne:

“She texting the TikTok…

Put it down!

Claudia:

“No! People are texting because of what you…”

Kellyanne:

“Stop lying I never laid a hand on you. That was all investigated.”

Claudia

“It’s- I have proof!”

Kellyanne:

“CPS New Jersey said it-“

Claudia:

“You are comparing my phone to- oh my god- I- these people are texting me, like-“

10:55

Kellyanne:

“People are texting- It’s all she lives for.”

Claudia:

“Am I allowed- Am I not allowed to be on my phone? Is that illegal?”

“And ‘I’m afraid of my mom’ and the cops have-

Kellyanne:

Get her outside, I can’t! She’s just lying right in front of you! She lies to cops.”

Claudia:

“You are literally lying! It’s the scariest thing, they never believe the kids, ever.”

Policeman:

“Are you-“

Kellyanne: (sarcastically)

“They never believe the kids? The bar for taking somebody out of the house for hurting a kid is this low (presumably holds hand low.)- are you kidding me?”

Claudia:

“Do you know who you are?”

Kellyanne:

“Are you kidding me?”

Claudia:

“You are a white, blonde, fifty-four year old woman, who worked for Donald Trump for four years.”

[unintelligible]

Policeman:

“You and your mom, you’re just two more individuals, we no longer regard-There’s no longer a (unintelligible) thing.

Kellyanne:

Yeah.

Claudia:

“Not so- not to- she has privilege.”

Kellyanne:

“That bothers her”

Policeman: (unintelligible)

“they’ll follow this situation, to the letter the exact same way I am, okay?”

Kellyanne:

“She doesn’t wanna just be another person-“

Claudia:

“If you were anybody else-“

Kellyanne:

“But I’m not, I’m your mom.”

Claudia:

“If you were anybody else, you’d be in jail.”

Kellyanne:

“She doesn’t get as many likes as her mom. That’s why she goes online, harassing me, and getting these people to harass me, because she-“

Claudia:

“I don’t get anyone to harass you!”

Kellyanne:

“You just told the world they see the video…”

Claudia:

“You posted a f**king- a nude photo of me today!”

Kellyanne:

“-that I should go to jail. You just said that.”

Claudia:

“Because you posted a nude photo of me!”

Kellyanne:

“You just said I should go to jail! You just said that.”

Claudia:

“Yes you sh- you deserve to go to jail.”

Policeman:

Miss Conway, Miss Conway. Let me- let me speak to you for a minute.”

(Apparently Kellyanne tries to grab the phone off Claudia after the police asks to speak to her for a minute and hurts Claudia in the process?!)

Claudia:

“Stop! Ow!”

Kellyanne: (very gently and fake nice mother voice.)

“Put the phone down.” (Tries to take phone again.)

Claudia

“What the f** Don’t touch me!”

Kellyanne:

“She can’t- she can’t be without her phone-“

Claudia:

“I’m al- I need space from her I’m sorry. I don’t feel safe near her.”

12:20

Kellyanne:

“Okay just so you both- she has to be on her phone, get her out, I mean it, get her out, put her in the ambulance[unintelligible]”

Claudia:

“She’s literally- she’s literally mad because I’m on my phone. It’s scary.”

Policeman:

“Claudia-“

Claudia:

“It’s literally scary.”

Policeman:

“Claudia- Claudia”

Claudia: (To her mom)

“You’re scary.”

Policeman:

“Claudia, Claudia, Claudia, you… if you want this situation to come to a resolution-

Put the phone right here. I asked you- put it down. I asked you to put it down. (Starts playing the heavy) “I have asked you to put it down. You have not put it down.”

George Conway:

Claudia what are you doing?

Kellyanne:

“Is she taping us now?”

Policeman:

She’s not. She’s not. I’m standing here.”

Kellyanne:

“Oh, she’s not saying anything now. She’s not taping us.”

Policeman:

“I’ve asked you to put the phone down.”

Claudia: “It’s not illegal to have my phone.”

Kellyanne: (In a screechy, horrifying MommyDearest voice at Claudia):

“Yeah, it’s legal. You’re gonna start learning what’s legal and what’s not legal instead of making it up and getting illegal advice on tiktok!”

George Conway:

Shhh! Stop!

Kellyanne: ( Again shrieking like Fay Dunaway acting as Joan Crawford in the Mommy Dearest movie.)

Okay? Those days are over!

(To the policeman in a normal voice) “Just so you know- “

Claudia: (to Kellyanne)

“Kelly…What the f** did I do? You posted my nudes on..

Kellyanne:

“She’s telling people- I’m trending on twitter- George I’m trending on Twitter!”

George Conway: Stop it. Stop talking to me.”

13:16

Claudia: (Directed at her father.) She posted my nudes on her twitter today; did you see that?”

George Conway: “Listen… I don’t care.”

Claudia (upset) “PLEASE! You see he’s….”

George Conway “I’m what?”

Policeman:

“No. He has NOTHING to do with this right now, OK?”

Kellyanne:“But- but in Washington DC, all three of the other kids had to be interviewed, my mother who sobbed all the way through the interview who lives with-“

Claudia:

“You are actively gaslighting them right now-“

Kellyanne: (To the police)

“These are the facts. I need you to know what the Metropolitan Police Department did. They were involved, Child Protective Services were involved, no finding whatsoever. She diverted resources away from kids who- who really are in need. And it happened here. The police came….(Tana talks over) They told her three times(Tana talks over) Her exboyfriend told her not to use TikTok against her mother- by name- so she got in a fight with him. I’m not living this way anymore guys. it- it ends tonight! My life is in danger, she on- she’s on tiktok telling people I should be arrested-

Claudia:

“MY life is in danger!”

Kellyanne:

“-I should be arrested.”

Claudia

“You posted a nude photo of me!”

Kellyanne:

“I did not.”

Claudia:

“Yes, you did.”

Kellyanne:

“I did not.”

Claudia:

“There’s proof.”

Kellyanne: “Nobody- nobody intentionally posted anything of you. There is no nude photo of you.. you just lied to the officers that quote ‘millions of people saw you’, Carmelo (Claudia’s exboyfriend) himself told you-“

Claudia:

“No, that was the one tweet mom-“

Kellyanne:

“No-“

Claudia:

“And since then it’s been sent around”

Kellyanne:

“No, no its not sent around, you’re wrong, it is nowhere. They don’t see it, you don’t see it, it’s nowhere, you’re making this up to be a big shot.”

Claudia:

“I’m not making- it’s literally online”

Kellyanne:

“And instead of calling the police, excuse me, instead of calling the police, or Diana who has an active case open, Diana Winona, or your mother, you went right to tiktok. They say you have an addiction. You need to break this addiction. You need to go somewhere where they help girls like you who can’t get past whatever is haunting them. This is ruling your life.”

Claudia:

“Uh-huh? I have an addiction to my phone??”

Kellyanne:

“You think tiktok-“

Claudia:

“I’m literally barely on it and when I am, it’s trying to get help from people because you are… you.”

15:00

Kellyanne:

“You think tiktok is real! You think tiktok is real! You think that- and you just said- I l- um- I- ‘I’m so glad I have the love of 1.5 million people’. You have the love of a family, and friends!”

Claudia:

“No, I do not.”

Kellyanne: (Talking to her friend on her phone.)

“Hi. Well, the cops are here again. And I don’t think she’s gonna make it this time she needs serious evaluation.”

Claudia:

“For what? What did I do that needs serious evaluation?”

Kellyanne: (to her friend on the phone.)

“She needs serious evaluation.”

“I bet some- yep. Yeah, she’s here.”

Claudia:

“If only the world could see you like this. If only.”

Kellyanne (To the person on her phone)- About what? It’s all online.”

Claudia:

“If only the world could see you like this.”

Kellyanne (to her friend on the phone)

“The cops are here. Because the cops get calls from strangers, and they have to take it seriously. People who sit on their asses like she does, online, in the dark, pretending it’s real life, calling her mother a f**king c**t get the f** out- who (Tana claims Kellyanne called Claudia a c**t to her face five minutes before the meeting with police) …talking to MTV and Viacom for her, it’s such a joke. She doesn’t do any of that, she blew you guys off completely.”

George Conway:

Who are you talking to right now?”

Claudia:

“The fact that you called the cops because of my phone. That she ha- that you have the cops here because of my posts-“

George Conway: “Didn’t you call the cops?”

Claudia “I didn’t call the cops!”

Claudia

“(unintelligible).”

Kellyanne:

“I’m entertaining them?- She’s bringing a lot of hate my way, and I just have more evidence of it all, so what I was trying to do is get all the evidence-She’s ruined her life. She’ll never get a job. Do you think people are gonna wanna work with her?”

Claudia:

“I’m not bringing any hate your way. [unintelligible] -you brought that on yourself. I get worse than that every day. The hate you get? I top that- [unintelligible]”

Policeman:

“Alright listen we should- we shouldn’t be having a measuring contest about- We want everyone to have the LEAST amount of hate.”

Kellyanne:

“Well then she shouldn’t be using that. She shouldn’t be using that as a-“

Kellyanne (to her friend on the phone) “I can’t hear you.

Claudia:

”No no no no no I pay for that, I pay for that.”

Kellyanne:

“If that stays here-“

Policeman:

“I’m holding it, I’m holding it now.”

Kellyanne:

“That’s- that’s leaking to [unintelligible] There are investigators here. I paid for my (unintelligible) and she can too.”

Claudia:

“I pay for that. That is my property.”

Policeman:

“Okay.”

16:55

Kellyanne to Claudia:

He has to take the PSATs, SELFISH! And who are you texting? Who’s still awake?”

Claudia:

“I wasn’t texting anybody.”

Kellyanne: “You said you were texting- ‘people are texting me’ you said that, LIAR!”

Claudia:

“Yeah, my friends were.”

Kellyanne:

“Oh, they’re still awake? Good, all witnesses, I can hardly wait.”

Claudia:

“To see if I was okay, yeah.”
Kellyanne:

“All witnesses. Yeah, and you’re always saying that you’re okay, and then the cops are told you’re not okay. And they come here to see if you’re okay. Does that make you feel better? Do you feel any more loved? That strangers on tiktok called- called New Jersey- called Governer Murphy’s whatever? And then they call the cops and then they have to call DYFS? You feel good about this?”

Claudia:

“The whole point of this is that you put- that a naked picture of me was posted on instagram- on your twitter.”

Kellyanne:

“I don’t have instagram never have, that’s you. I’ve never had Facebook in my life I’ve never had tiktok- I’m not so insecure-“

Claudia:

“You have 3.4 million followers on twitter-“

Kellyanne:

“I hate twitter, your father loves twitter, you love social media, I hate it, I have to live my life offline [unintelligible] and kids who rely on- on me. And there are three others besides you and I spent one whole year on you, and for what? For this. One whole-“

18:00

[COP CUTS CONNECTION]

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QTW3PB1 Discover startling secrets about Eminem in a new book about his life like none other before. UPDATED- Includes in-depth answers to the following questions. How has Eminem been coping with 2020 lockdowns? Who threatened to kill Eminem in 2020? What is his relationship with Joe Biden? What is Eminem’s relationship with Trump? What did Trump tweet about Eminem? Was Eminem’s mother really diagnosed with Munchhausen’s syndrome by proxy? (The answer to this one is yes.) When and why was Eminem’s mother diagnosed with Munchhausen’s syndrome by proxy? What does she have to say about it? Why has Eminem been visited by the Secret Service on more than one occasion? Why did Eminem once attempt suicide? What REALLY happened between Eminem and Mariah Carey? Which one of them is telling the TRUTH? What was the full reason why Eminem said he’d rather slit his father’s throat than reconcile with him? What happened to Eminem’s romantic relationship with Brittany Murphy? What has Debbie Mathers been posting on her secret social media accounts? What are her political views? What has been Eminem’s involvement with politics over the years? What are some of the family SECRETS in Eminem’s complex and tragic family? Who are Eminem’s four children? Who will inherit his wealth? What is his net worth? Who is the child Kim raises on her own? Why did Kim go to jail? Why did she attempt suicide? Kim Scott Mathers, who is she really? Why did her twin sister have to say about her and Eminem? How many times does Eminem say that he’s been in love? What extravagant gift did Eminem buy Kim in 2013? What is their relationship today? Who are Eminem’s two brothers and one sister? Which drugs did Eminem get severely addicted to, what was his drug of choice? What shocking gift did Marshall buy Elton John? Why did a friend of Eminem’s from a former hip hop group kill himself when Eminem wouldn’t respond to his letters? ALL THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN-DEPTH AND MANY MORE! Knowledge gleaned from thousands of interviews, books, YouTube videos, and social media postings to track down the full answers to questions that have puzzled Eminem fans for so many years. A critical analysis from a writer with a master’s degree with honors.

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Some Important Websites for Fiction Writers.

To make this blog a little more helpful and comprehensive, I thought I should include some links to other sites that are really helpful for writers.

Here is Fiction Factor- A great free online magazine for writers. http://www.fictionfactor.com/

Here is an amazing blog about how authors can and should use social media for promotion. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/about/

Brenda Hiatt

The site Brenda Hiatt’s Show Me the Money is the only one of its kind that I know of, that attempts to give information about income from romance writing. It is somewhat out of date though, so I would say the money is maybe slightly better than the site indicates, for some successful publishers.
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Two Editors Wish Lists and Emotional Punch why you need it in your romance novel

Today I’ll give you a little market news and then share a workshop I gave on Emotional Punch.  Next week my blog will be on agents and editors wish lists so stay tuned.

Ruth Homrighaus of Entangled’s  Indulgence line wants to see:

  • More funny books with strong tropes. She’d really like  a hilarious Vegas marriage of convenience.
  • Cowboys, cowboys, cowboys
  • Forbidden love of any sort!
  • A good falling-for-the-nanny book, contemporary or historical.
  • Road trip stories–U.S., abroad, contemporary or historical–you name it!
  • Historical submissions of all sorts, with bonus points for British empire (nineteenth-century Australia would be cool) or early-twentieth-century U.S. (think flappers, WWI or WWII, the Fifties).
  • Stories of love unrequited (and misdirected)

Submissions for Ruth can be sent directly to ruth (at) entangledpublishing (dot) com. Check out Indulgence submission guidelines for specific instructions!

Tracy Montoya of Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy line wants to see:

Fast-paced, sigh-worthy books for Dead Sexy. Anything that starts with a bang (literal or figurative) and keeps her up at night until the end qualifies! She’s also wishing for:

  • Dark, gritty stories.
  • Stories with lots of realistic forensic and/or legal detail.
  • Spies and other types of international intrigue/puzzles.
  • Reunion romances (I’m a sucker for a love-gone-wrong-gone-right-again story!)
  • Multicultural characters (and no, the Mexican drug lord with gold teeth does not count).
  • Historical suspense—the darker the better. Gail Ranstrom is a particular favorite.
  • Kick@$$ (in their own way) heroines—always.

Submissions for the Dead Sexy editors can be sent directly to deadsexy-submissions (at) entangledpublishing (dot) com ATTN: Tracy. Check out  Dead Sexy submission guidelines for specific instructions!

Why does Lisa Whitefern  think Entangled might be a good market? They have best sellers in the Romance category on Amazon.com They are getting a good name for themselves out there. I have heard the odd complaint about editors quitting suddenly, but other authors there report being very happy.

Emotional Punch and why you need it in your Romance Novel

One of the most common comments from editors rejecting romance manuscripts is “this story needs more emotional punch.” But what does this really mean?

Emotional Punch in a story is created by the emotional involvement, empathy and absorption the reader feels when caught up with the in your story. It is emotional rapport she feels with the characters and the steadily growing pace of the story and the emotional development that gives the story its page turning quality.

Romance author Barbara Hannay comments that sufficient emotional punch gives your story the “wham” that sets it apart from other stories.

In order to achieve emotional punch a writer must first give us characters we care about.  Characters need to grab at the readers emotions and make her care. To do this you need characters who come alive on the page.

Easier said then done right?

How do we create characters like that? Characters who stir a reader’s emotions?

Award winning Australian romance writer Valerie Parv suggests that at every separate stage of your story you ask yourself what the viewpoint character feels about what is happening. Both Valerie Prav in her book Heart and Craft and Stephen King in his book On Writing advise writers not to back off or skim the surface when writing but to dig deep.

Dig deep inside yourself for the deeper emotional truths that might be involved in any situation you are writing about.

Dig inside yourself for the emotions you would feel in the same situation then drag them out onto the page trough bodily sensations.

In order to make readers care about your characters you must know them as people.

Four ways to make a reader care more about you characters include having each of your characters have a “backstory wound” , a personal yearning, strengths and weaknesses and having clarity of theme.

A major back-story event that that bears directly upon the psychological story of your protagonist is referred to by professional book editor Elizabeth Lyon as “a back-story wound”

A back-story wound is a traumatic event in the character’s past that leaves its mark on the character.

In my novel Captured by Fae the heroine was found as a newborn baby in New York City dumpster so she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about that.

She also has a relentless anonymous stalker who leaves her a lot of insulting messages referring to the circumstances of her birth.

In traditional fairytales Red Riding Hood is stalked by the ultimate predatory male while Cinderella grows up in the ultimate dysfunctional family. These characters go through hard times before they reach their goals and that tugs on our heart strings.

We can compare Cinderella’s miserable home situation with Harry Potter’s. Harry’s miserable downtrodden role in his own muggle family certainly attracted my attention and pulled on my emotions. Like many people I like to root for the underdog and Cinderella and Harry Potter are both timeless stories because their underdog status coupled with their quiet strength and ultimate determination to make something of themselves attracts our attention and involves our emotions.

My story Captured by Fae is in part a retelling of the fairy tale Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. My heroine’s mother is a gambling addict at risk of losing her home and at the beginning of Captured by Fae, my heroine Lillian Rudolph has taken a job as a stripper to help her mother pay the mortgage and keep her home.

However she’s really a classical musician so like Rudolph in the song she stands out like a sore thumb among the other strippers as someone very different. They decide because she is different she must be the unknown thief who has been stealing tips from their locker rooms and beat her up.

She is saved by two fae males who take her for a magical eroticride in Santa’s sleigh.

So Captured by Fae is also an underdog story that pulls at our emotions by keying in to those universal emotions felt by anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or been bullied and dreamed of being suddenly rescued through the approval of someone powerful. In Harry Potter that someone powerful is Dumbledore, in Cinderella it’s her Fairy God mother, in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer it’s Santa Claus himself and in my story Captured by Fae it’s two extremely sexy half fae/half human men who fall in love with my heroine.

In all these stories the protagonist is an underdog going through very hard times before triumphing and finding their happy endings and this packs a powerful emotional punch.

Many beginning writers choose conflicts that are too light.  But to get emotional depth you need to crank up the emotional difficulties your hero and heroine have.

If when the two half fae whisked my heroine away in the sleigh there were no emotional difficulties between them and they lived happily ever after that would not be enough story and would not provide enough emotional punch.

But in fact my heroine knows both of these men from her past when they were posing as full mortals getting an education at the same university she went to. So this is a reunion story with many layered issues between the three protagonists as well as some very dark magical villains who have strong motivations for destroying their happiness.

To intensify emotional punch you must steadily increase the emotional problems of your protagonists in a story.

Think about your current heroine and hero. Are they troubled by internal doubts? Do they face self image problems? Do they have reasons for feeling they don’t deserve unconditional love?

My story is a ménage so we have two heroes. The back-story wound for the more Alpha of my heroes is that when he was a tiny boy his mother often left him to go on adventure holidays. She was an adrenaline junkie who died in a sky diving accident when he was seven. So he has some bitterness and abandonment issues.  My other hero has a scar on his thigh and the reasons for this are left a mystery that I hope has some emotional punch on reveal.

In order to achieve emotional punch you need to drop you guard when writing about your character’s backstory wounds or any other emotional event in your novel. Before you can share the characters emotions you really need to be in touch with your own most intense emotions and feelings. Analyze your own most painful memories.

Australian romance writer Valerie Prav even suggests that if you are a writer who has never visited a professional counselor, that you do so now in order to have a deeper understanding of your own emotions so that you can understand your hero, heroines and even your villain’s emotions in more depth.

New York agent Donald Maass gives similar advice when he comments that “Novels that change lives do so because their authors are willing to draw upon their deepest selves without flinching. These authors hold nothing back making their novels the deepest possible expression of their own experience and beliefs.”

To ensure your story is emotion based you need to look at the role each scene or chapter is playing in the development of the romance.

The emotional structure of a romance might go through the following steps

Step 1—The heroine and hero either have a first meeting in which they feel strong attraction for each other coupled with the warning signs of conflict or the hero and heroine are reunited and back-story revealing emotional conflict from their past is carefully woven in.

Step 2—-The hero and heroine begin to feel  admiration for each other but this is complicated by conflict.  Or in the case of a reunion story – memories of the past rear their heads which  increases emotional tension. In a mainstream romance sexual tension will be on the page, but they will not be making love yet because of the conflict. In contrast, in a very sexy romance the hero and heroine may move quickly to sexual intimacy, but they will both probably be trying to keep their emotions under wraps. The heroine may tell herself that she is capable of having casual sex like a man without emotion as she shies away from what is really true love.

Step 3

Hero and heroine meet several more times and one or both of them fight their desires and/or their feelings for each other because of both internal and external conflicts.

Step 4

They are thrown together repeatedly by the plot, but conflict grows between them. In a sweeter romance they may fight their sexual desire for each other, in a sexy romance they fight their emotions and feelings.

Step 5

In a sweeter romance this may be the stage where the couple finally make love and lovemaking is later regretted when the conflict seems stronger than before. In a sensual, spicey or eroticromance this maybe a point when the conflict grows and becomes so great that they do not make love for awhile, as all focus is now on the conflict. The Grey moment may occur. This is the moment when the couple confront some important issue that seems like the main crisis but they pass through this crisis and it is not as black and devastating as The Black Moment coming up.

Step 6 The hero may declare his love but the heroine suspects his motives.

Step 7 The Black Moment.  Your story should have a heart wrenching black moment. How do you go about creating that?

A  few tips on creating a heart wrenching black moment from Donald Maas include making one of your protagonists face his or her greatest fear. Working out what your protagonist would never sacrifice and forcing him or her to sacrifice it, and making your protagonist do something the reader would think they would never do. Using one of these moments can lend tremendous emotional power to your black moment.

Step 8 Because of the black moment a future together seems impossible. Decisions are made in an attempt to solve the conflict.

Step 9 The decisions made prove to be the right one. All loose ends are tied up and the couple are free at last to make a commitment to each other.

Throughout your novel you may want to concentrate on one consistent emotional theme. Make sure the emotions your character feels are consistent. They may go on a roller coaster ride of emotions but you still need a dominant theme for you book to be a coherent read. You need to decide on the main emotion you want your readers to feel in each scene and also the main emotion you want your reader to feel reading your book. There should be an emotional theme to your story overall.

Readers read romance for the emotional journey. The more complicated your plot is the more you run the risk of losing the emotional theme running through the book so you must always remember to come back to that theme. Your heroine and hero relationship must be central to everything and more important than other details.

Kate Walker comments that in a romance you have to concentrate on a central relationship and because of this of you need to make sure that what you are describing is a very special, deep, and heartfelt sort of emotion. My own novel Captured by Fae is a ménage but it is an eroticromance and so I took care to make sure that I portrayed a once in a lifetime love of the sort every romance should be. In the fantasy world I created the fae live in ménage relationships with their fated mates. The three protagonists in my novel are half human and half fae and so they are unsure if a fated threesome even exists for them.

The romance relationship in your novel should have real depth and real value. The romance should be so much more than a crush.  They need to be someone of real value to one another, someone you would want to spend your life with. Someone without whom the other protagonist or in the case of a ménage protagonists would feel hollow and empty if they didn’t have them in their lives. The relationship needs to be the ultimate in true love.

Kate Walker suggests asking yourself 12 questions about emotional punch

  1. Have I allowed time for my characters to explore their feelings between plot events?
  2.  Have I made sure that the plot doesn’t get in the way of the characters emotions.
  3.  Have I shown emotions through dialogue body language, the choices my characters make?
  4. Have I hinted at a subtext- thoughts and feelings below the surface?
  5. Have I allowed my characters to react with emotions true to their personalities?
  6. Have I used specific details to create a picture so vivid that my reader reacts emotionally?
  7. Have I created a conflict worth being divided over?
  8. Have I put my characters into the most dramatic situations possible?
  9. Have I raised the stakes to force my characters to make tough decisions
  10. Have I used dynamic verbs and adjectives?
  11. Have I used the environment to reflect, contrast with or illuminate my character’s emotions?
  12. Do I feel emotion when I read the most dramatic scenes in my book?

Think back over books you’ve read in the past –the ones you’ve enjoyed most and the ones that made your heart beat faster or made your eyes sting with tears. What emotions did they awaken in you? What is it about the story that appealed to you the most? What did you remember the most? It was probably an emotional moment.

For example in Wuthering Heights Heathcliffe’s outrage  at the way he’d been treated as an outcast. The passion and desperation between him and Cathy when Cathy is torn apart by misery because she didn’t follow her heart.

Personally I also feel emotional punch listening to the lyrics of Eminem’s songs. And considering how well they sell I think a lot of other people must feel that emotional punch too. Eminem’s fury at having been abandoned by his deadbeat Dad, and his angst about being brought up by a poor drug addicted mother. His anger about being bullied as a child and very poor as a young adult. His passionate love for his daughter and his fury at his exwife.

Nora Robert’s stories often pack a powerful emotional punch. For example in Nora Robert’s book Birthright thirty year old Callie Dunbrook finds out that she she was kidnapped from her stroller when she was only three months old.

In Public Secrets Emma McAvoy gets whisked out of poverty and into the glamour of rock-music at the age of 3, But when her baby half brother is tragically kidnapped, Emma’s new world changes again, and she must live with the guilt and the uneasy sense that she knows more than she remembers.

Think about novels, songs, and movies that really made you feel. This should help you concentrate on putting emotional punch into your own stories.

 

Then give your characters’ wounds, make your black moments really big ones, and be utterly ruthless to your characters then pull them out of that black hole with a happy ending that arises realistically from the choices your characters made.  That is what emotional punch is all about.

Who’s looking for YA? (Agents and Editors looking for Young Adult Fiction)

A strange fact of the current publishing market is that teenagers on the whole are considered reluctant to embrace ebooks. Much more reluctant than adults. A number of digital first publishers that tried having a line for teenagers have closed that line and no longer accept young adult fiction. Samhain stopped accepting Young Adult Fiction. The Wild Rose Press closed their “Climbing Rose” young adult line. Harlequin’s Digital first imprint Carina takes almost every kind of romance BUT Young Adult Romance.

(These bookcovers are for illustrative purposes only and do not indicate that the authors are clients of the aforementioned agents.)

So I’ll start with a couple of agents and then look at which digital first lines ARE still open to Young Adult Fiction.

Francis Collin accepts queries for YA. This agency prefers Young Adult Fiction, literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and travel narratives. They accept email queries as long as there are no attachments. http://www.francescollin.com/

Why would Lisa Whitefern recommend Book Ends Literary Agency? This is another agency with a solid reputation and I  met one of their agents (Jessica Faust)  at a Romance Writers of New Zealand conference and she was extremely professional in every way.

Kim Lionetti has extensive experience in editing as she was formerly  Senior Editor at  Berkley Publishing for eight years before joining bookends

In Digital First Publishing the up and coming digital first publisher Entangled is looking for Young Adult Fiction.

Entangled appears to have a growing reputation among authors interested in digital first publishing. Some of their adult contemporary novels are best sellers on Amazon. While I must be honest and say I have heard some complaints from authors about Entangled (editors quitting suddenly and leaving them in the lurch) many  other authors are  happy and Entangled seems to have developed a surprisingly good reputation in a small amount of time

Entangled Teen is described as a high-concept, engaging line of books geared to the Young Adult audience. Thanks to a more traditional editorial calendar of twelve to eighteen months between acquisition and publication, Entangled Teen will be distributed by Publisher’s Group West, one of the largest print distributors in the world. Emphasis is placed on shelving Entangled Teen titles in brick and mortar stores in an effort to maximize visibility and availability to the target audience.

Royalty rates for Entangled Teen are 20% of cover for digital, and 9% of cover for print.

Entangled Teen is seeking

  • Upper YA (16-21 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
  • Younger YA/MG (13-15 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
  • YA novels should be 50k to 100k words in length.

Harlequin Digital First

NEW! Digital First Series from Harlequin

I’ve said before that I am quite unsure  how these new Digital First lines created by the BIG publishers will do in terms of sales but one hopes the Harlequin name might sell ebook Teen Romance to teenage girls.

As far as Young Adult Fiction goes Harlequin is most interested in your Teen Romance but may also take on other good quality fiction geared at Young Adults.

For Harlequin Teen print imprint most people still need an agent.

Harlequin Escape —– Harlequin’s really getting into that Digital First Market

If you’re an Australian or a New Zealander or perhaps even in a country nearby us you might be interested in Harlequin Escape especially if you have a teen romance set in Australia or another country around this part of the globe.

They don’t appear to have a strong focus on YA, but I believe if you sent them a great YA New Zealand or Australian romance they’d be keen since they take all heat levels of romance including sweet, and are really really keen to acquire Australian set romances in particular.

The fact remains that the majority of the top digital first publishers are still rejecting YA however a February Publishers’ Weekly article denies teens are still reluctant to embrace YA so perhaps we will see a change in this soon.
I also found this nice site for writers who love YA.YAtopia

 

 

To read the blurb and an excerpt from my sexy paranormal menage Samhain Publishing click here  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html

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